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Part Two

The Lord’s day

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“By a tradition handed down from the apostles which took

its origin from the very day of Christ’s Resurrection, the Church

celebrates the Paschal mystery every seventh day, which day is

appropriately called the Lord’s Day or Sunday.”

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The day of

Christ’s Resurrection is both the first day of the week, the memorial

of the first day of creation, and the “eighth day,” on which Christ

after his “rest” on the great sabbath inaugurates the “day that the

Lord has made,” the “day that knows no evening.”

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The Lord’s

Supper is its center, for there the whole community of the faithful

encounters the risen Lord who invites them to his banquet:

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The Lord’s day, the day of Resurrection, the day of Chris-

tians, is our day. It is called the Lord’s day because on it the

Lord rose victorious to the Father. If pagans call it the “day

of the sun,” we willingly agree, for today the light of the

world is raised, today is revealed the sun of justice with

healing in his rays.

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Sunday is the pre-eminent day for the liturgical assembly,

when the faithful gather “to listen to the word of God and take part

in the Eucharist, thus calling to mind the Passion, Resurrection, and

glory of the Lord Jesus, and giving thanks to God who ‘has begot-

ten them again, by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead’

unto a living hope”:

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When we ponder, O Christ, the marvels accomplished on

this day, the Sunday of your holy resurrection, we say:

“Blessed is Sunday, for on it began creation . . . the world’s

salvation . . . the renewal of the human race . . . . On Sunday

heaven and earth rejoiced and the whole universe was filled

with light. Blessed is Sunday, for on it were opened the gates

of paradise so that Adam and all the exiles might enter it

without fear.

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36

SC

106.

37 Byzantine liturgy.

38 Cf.

Jn

21:12;

Lk

24:30.

39 St. Jerome,

Pasch.

: CCL 78, 550.

40

SC

106.

41 Fanqîth,

The Syriac Office of Antioch,

vol. VI, first part of Summer, 193 B.

2174-2188

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